PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain: May 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Four And A Half Hours Of Great Blues Music!

The Princess Theatre played host to three great bands Saturday evening, and treated a near sell-out crowd to some awesome rock/blues music!  There were a few seats vacant, but those had reserved signs on them!  Some folks, for whatever reason, bought tickets and couldn't make it, so the balcony was opened for non-reserved ticket holders.
Nonetheless, the audience had a ball listening to each band; most similar in some ways, and distinctively different in others.  It made for a nice ending to a beautiful blue sky day and I think everyone went home happy.

The evening ended with over two solid hours from the Kentucky Headhunters, who stayed way past midnight to sign autographs and pose for fan "selfies"!

The music began promptly at 7:30 with "Otis", a band with a "Zeppelin/Allman" kind of sound.  The "psychedelic/blues" band is from South Central Kentucky is made up of Boone Froggett - Guitar & Vocals, Steve Jewell - Guitar, John Seeley - Bass Guitar, and Andrew Gilpin -Drums.  The group have been together for a little over six years, but sound like they've been together since Muddy Waters retired!

Here are a few of my favorite shots of "OTIS"...remember that'll being hearing from them again soon!

Next up was "JESCO", founded by Greg White, who promotes concerts out of Knoxville through his company "Music City Knoxville".  He has built a strong relationship with the Headhunters and this is the second time he has gotten them to the Princess.  JESCO is also a blues-based band with great guitar, bass, and drum work. 

Here are my picks for JESCO:

Last up, and ending the night with a "rockin' roll" bang were The Kentucky Headhunters!

The Grammy-winning band has its roots in a 1968 band called "Itchy Brother", but the modern "Headhunter" band is releasing a new album June 2nd!  Alligator Records will release "Meet Me In Bluesland", a previously unreleased album with pianist Johnnie Johnson, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

From what I heard Saturday night, fans will be very pleased with the songs on the new album.  Look for Tuesday!

Here are my photo choices from Saturday night at the Princess:

Never again let me hear anyone say, "there is nothing to do in Harriman"...the Princess keeps getting better and better shows.  If your foot don't get to tapping at the Princess concerts, your leg must be dead!

Next up is the GRAND PREES in August, and Greg White says he has a big surprise for us in October, BUT, there will be more coming up between now and then.  Stay up to date on this blog, the official Princess website, or one of our Facebook pages!

See you soon!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

King Henry Throws Out First Pitch!

King Henry VIII threw out the first pitch at the girls softball game this morning, at Flour Mill Flats in Harriman.  The King's entourage cheered on as Mayor Chris Mason​ caught the King's fast pitch barehanded!

The King and his talented court will be at the Tennessee Medieval Faire grounds this Saturday and Sunday.  It's last time to see them until next year!
After the fair, check out The Kentucky Headhunters at the Princess Theatre!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tennessee Medieval Faire Has a Damp First Day - Sunday Promises "Fairer" Weather!

Yes, it was a touch damp Saturday, and I spent an hour under a huge cedar tree; snapping away at the jousting knights.  However, it was rewarding and held so much promise for the Sunday show, 2nd day of the Grand Opening, and the future of the faire site in general.

I'm sure Barrie and Lars Paulson were pleased to see so many interested enough to come out and brave the warm spring showers.  Actually, they felt quite good, and those indulging in their favorite libation, under trees and tents, probably didn't even notice.

There was music everywhere, dancing, the inviting smells of food cooking, and the "King and Queen" seemed to be everywhere.

All the friendly actors/characters, and incidentally, the actors are all characters, keeping humor in all the acts, with jokes directed at all age groups.  

The grounds did get a needed watering, and I noticed that there was straw and grass seed scattered about, so, the future will get greener, and more manicured.  

Tomorrow's show promises the "final course" rounds of the jousting match, and the singers, players, puppeteers, dancers, and jesters will all be back to entertain your whole family.

Here are a few (probably too many, but I wanted to give you a sense of the place) of the photos I made.  Yes, in some you can see tiny raindrops, but they failed to dampen anyone's spirit of the "faire"!

See, even the horses had fun!  
Come on out Sunday!

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